Essay on Stricter Laws on Illegal Drugs

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Stricter laws on Illegal Drugs Stacey Melton ENG 102 November 7th, 2010 Timothy Gleason Stricter laws on Illegal Drugs While illegal drug use affects families, the outcome can be changed with stricter laws. The war on drugs continues although law prohibits the use, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal drugs. The United States has approximately 30 illegal drug laws currently being enforced. The enforcement of these laws costs money and time, so without the proper funding, fighting this battle is next to impossible. “The effects of substance abuse can be felt on many levels: on the individual, on friends and family, and on society.” (“Drug addiction and Drug abuse,” 2008, para. 5). When a user becomes dependent on…show more content…
Now let’s talk about the one drug that needs to have stricter laws enforced, Meth. Methamphetamine abuse is the most common of the three and possibly the most deadly. This drug is used to give its user a heightened sense of awareness but most people use it for the heightened amount of energy the drug induces. Users of Methamphetamine become addicted to drug within the first 24 hours of use and can struggle with this addiction for years before getting clean. Addicts of methamphetamine can have anger management problems and become violent over time. Serious health problems like respiratory issues, weight loss, dental issues, and open wounds or sores are caused by methamphetamine use over a long period. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (2010), wrote an article titled “Methamphetamine abuse and addiction” and they claimed that “methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.” Although the risk for health issues is high with prolonged use of methamphetamine, the most serious concern is the addiction the user faces. The long term effects of this drug in users are addiction, paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive motor activity, memory loss, aggressive behavior, mood swings, and violent tendencies. Although marijuana, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine are readily available out on the streets, laws are enforced daily to maintain illegal drug
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